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Canoeing trips utilize canoes for two people to paddle, generally down a river. We mostly offer day trips on Class I rivers. These are easy-flowing rivers. Occasionally, we offer a whitewater canoe trip, to a Class II – III river. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-14 people, and require no previous experience, except that you must know how to swim.  Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in canoeing. Canoeing equipment, complete with canoes, paddles, and life jackets, is included in the trip price.

Upcoming Trips


JULY 10 (Sunday)
Piney River, TN
Cost:  $43

Sign-up by: 12 noon on Friday, July 8.

This trip is good to go, but we can take 3-4 more people!


1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.



Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wednesday, 7/6 at 5:00 pm in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way

The Piney River is only a little over an hour away, west of Nashville.  We will paddle a scenic 6.6 mile section of this Class I river.  Highlights include rock walls, spectacular bluffs, and typically clear water.   This is a great trip for beginner paddlers.  All equipment, transportation, and lunch is included in the trip fee.   Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 6 pm.









Trip Information

Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12), and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during ORC rental hours. This is also where the Pre-Trip Meeting takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.